I didn't get home from part 2 of the Best Picture marathon until midnight!
I loved everything except Inglorious Basterds. I hated that one at first because it was so relentlessly violent, though it certainly had good things about it.
I think An Education was my favorite from day 2. Simple story- girl in early 60's England gets "an education" when she is seduced by an older man. She has to grow up very quickly at the end. Carey Mulligan is so perfect in this movie! Lots of great supporting players, too. Alfred Molina plays Jenny's dad, Emma Thompson is the Headmistress of her school, and Peter Sarsgaard is the man who sweeps her off her feet.
Hurt Locker was a pretty amazing look at the Iraq war and the soldiers who disarm bombs and IEDs. Heart stopping doesn't even begin to describe it. Good cast, too-including Best Actor nominee Jeremy Renner, Ralph Fiennes in a cameo, and Anthony Mackie from We Are Marshall (he was good in that, too!). It was pretty hard to watch at times.
Up in the Air probably was the best timed movie of the bunch (because of all the layoffs happening), and George Clooney probaby gave his best performance yet.
The Blind Side- I love true stories that have happy endings, and I loved watching Sandra Bullock in this one.
Inglorious Basterds- I wanted to love this movie. It had a great cast, clever story...but it was just too violent to enjoy. A little less violence and maybe half hour off the running time, and it would have been one of the greats. It was so brutal! I wonder what it was like in the original Klingon. :p
So far tonight, awards have gone to Christoph Waltz for Supporting Actor- he was easily the best thing about Basterds. Hurt Locker won Original Screenplay, Precious won Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actress for Mo'Nique. Up was best Animated Feature and also won original score. So far, the only surprise has been Hurt Locker's screenplay winning over Quentin Tarrentino's Basterds.
I'm just loving Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hosting together! And Neil Patrick Harris' opening number was funny, too. Ben Stiller presenting the Best Make-Up award in full Avatar gear- priceless! John Hughes tribute presented by Molly Ringwald and Matthew Broderick- tear-jerking.
No surprises in the acting catergories at all- Waltz, Mo'Nique, Jeff Bridges (long overdue) and Sandra Bullock, first ever nomination and well deserved. And what a tear-jerking speech, mentioning her late mom, Helga, who pushed her hard in everything she wanted to do.
And history was made tonight! Kathryn Bigelow wins Best Director- first woman to do so, and only the fourth to be nominated.
Best Picture goes to Hurt Locker. Six wins in all!
My favorite movies of the ten went home empty handed: A Serious Man, Up in the Air, and An Education, but glad Hurt Locker, Up, and Precious did so well. Star Trek even won an award, for make-up!